Upcoming sales:

6th March 2019 - Old Masters, British & European Paintings - entries close 16th January 

5th June 2019 - Modern British & 20th Century Art - entries close 17th April

The department holds four annual international auctions of oil paintings, watercolours, prints, miniatures and sculpture, ranging from the 16th to 21st Centuries.  In June and November/December we hold specialist Modern British and 20th Century Art sales and in September and March we hold specialist Old Masters, British and European Paintings sales. We can sell studio collections and private collections as well as single works of art, and offer free sale valuations at our Castle Gate offices or we are happy to discuss items and give advice. A department highlight was the sale of a hunting scene by Sir Alfred Munnings KCVO, PRA, in 2014 which sold for £200,000.

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Our December 4th Modern British & 20th Century Art auction was, as always with the Christmas sales, very exciting. Overall the sale made over £550,000 total and had a strong sale rate of around 77%.  Highlights included the cover lot by Sir Claude Francis Barry (£24,000), a still life of quince by Eliot Hodgkin (£19,000), two Mary Fedden's that sold for £14,000 and £15,000, an interesting portrait by Charles Frederick Tunnicliffe RA of Lawrence of Arabia (£12,000), an unusual Scottish view by Samuel John Lamorna Birch RA (10,000) and one of a superb group by Edward Bawden CBE RA (13,000) and also a Craigie Aitchison CBE, RA (£15,000).  We are already collecting some interesting items for our June Modern sale.

Our September Old Master, British & European paintings auction had 401 lots with an over 70% sold rate and a sale total of nearly £450,000 (hammer price).  A highlight included a self portrait by an Italian artist Lucia Casalini Torelli which followed the current interest in female artists and fetched £60,000.  A stunning painting by Dutch artist Gerrit van Honthorst made £30,000 and a very large seascape by Abraham Storck sold for £50,000

Ivory - Recent legislation on the sale of ivory allows the sale of Miniature portraits over 100 years old so we are still very happy to date and value these for possible sale in our March or September auction. 

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